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The second all New Zealand Super Rugby derby match this weekend is in Wellington where the Hurricanes host the Blues.

The Hurricanes and the Blues have already played each other once this season and the Hurricanes won the match 23-19 in Auckland.

The Hurricanes are third in the New Zealand Conference, six in the overall standings while the Blues are last in the NZ Conference and 11th overall.

The Hurricanes are just two points behind the Chiefs who are three points behind the Crusaders who lead the NZ Conference and the overall standings. The Hurricanes have it all to play for.

The Hurricanes have won the last three clashes between the two teams and the last Blues victory between the teams was in May 2014.

Overall the Hurricanes have played the Blues 26 times in Super Rugby and they have won 11 matches and lost 14 matches. There was one draw between the teams and that was in 2004.

This gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 42% of their matches against the Blues.

This weekend the match will be in Wellington where the teams have met 10 times. In those 10 clashes the Hurricanes have won four matches, lost five and drawn one. This gives the Hurricanes a record of winning just 40% of their home matches against the Blues.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Blues in Wellington is : Hurricanes 24 Blues 27. In the last five matches between the sides they have alternated wins. If the trend continues the Blues will win this week.

The Blues have included their internationals for this match as they have a mathematical chance of reaching the play offs.

Jerome Kaino, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ofa Tu’ungafasi and Male Sa’u all return to the Blues line up for this weekend’s match. The half backs are Bryn Hall, Ihaia West with Piers Francis at 12.

Kaino, Tu’ungafasi and Tuipulotu were involved with the All Blacks series against Wales while Sa’u played for Japan against Scotland. The Blues will however be without All Blacks Charlie Faumuina and third test star George Moala due to injury.

There is a welcome return of loose forward Blake Gibson to the reserves after missing six games after surgery to his thumb.

The potential debutant is young North Harbour lock Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, bracketed with Hoani Matenga, who is ill.

The Hurricanes have been able to name five of their All Blacks in the team for this week. Overall Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has made one change to the side that played against the Highlanders.

Other than lock Vaea Fifita, Boyd has named the same run-on fifteen that played against the Highlanders on May 27 with All Blacks Dane Coles, Beauden Barrett, Ardie Savea, Julian Savea and TJ Perenara all fit and ready to resume their Super Rugby duties.

Fifita comes into the starting team in place of Blade Thomson, who suffered a dislocated shoulder in training during Super Rugby’s June break.

The Bookies have given the Blues an 11 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Hurricanes have home advantage in this match and the Blues have not entirely shrugged off their away troubles. The Hurricanes should win this by 8.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 1.

Average score: Hurricanes 24 Blues 27

Last five results
11 Mar 2016 Hurricanes v Blues 23-19 Auckland
23 May 2015 Hurricanes v Blues 29-5 Auckland
13 Mar 2015 Hurricanes v Blues 30-23 Palmerston North
31 May 2014 Hurricanes v Blues 24-37 Auckland
18 Apr 2014 Hurricanes v Blues 39-20 Wellington

Hurricanes overall record against the Blues
Played 26 , Wins 11, Losses 14 , Draws 1

Match No.112:Hurricanes vs Blues
Date : Saturday 2 July 2016
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19.35
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant Ref 2: Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO : Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)



15 James Marshall , 14 Cory Jane , 13 Matt Proctor , 12 Vince Aso , 11 Julian Savea , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara (vc) , 8 Victor Vito , 7 Ardie Savea , 6 Brad Shields , 5 Michael Fatialofa , 4 Vaea Fifita , 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen , 2 Dane Coles (c) , 1 Reggie Goodes

Replacements: Ricky Riccitelli, Chris Eves, Loni Uhila, Mark Abbott, Tony Lamborn, Jamison Gibson Park, Willis Halaholo, Jason Woodward.


Sam Prattley, James Parsons (c), Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Josh Bekhuis, Jerome Kaino, Kara Pryor, Steven Luatua; Bryn Hall, Ihaia West, Tevita Li, Piers Francis, Male S’au, Matt Duffie, Melani Nanai.

Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, Namatahi Waa, Sione Mafileo, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti or Hoani Matenga, Blake Gibson, Billy Guyton, Matt McGahan, Matt Vaega or Lolagi Visinia.

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